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Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District (PVWSD) Honored with the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) 2018 Asset Management Achievement Award

 Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District (PVWSD) Honored with the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) 2018 Asset Management Achievement Award 

On January 30, 2019, the Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District (PVWSD) was recipient of the 2018 Asset Management Achievement Award., during the Awards Ceremony, at the New England Water Environment Association’s (NEWEA) 89th Annual Conference & Exhibit in Boston, Ma. 

The PVWSD has initiated and implemented an Asset Management program including a Water System Master Plan, horizontal infrastructure mapping utilizing GIS technology, and inventory condition assessment of vertical infrastructure. PVWSD has been able to reduce response time in the field locating assets, reduce energy usage and reduce risks to the systems by conducting preventative maintenance. Superintendent Jason Randall has shared field experiences with peers at several NH Department of Environmental Services Asset Management workshops, funding workshops, and conferences. The PVWSD has recognized, through Asset Management efforts, that addressing aging, undersized, and failing infrastructure is necessary to ensure sustainable water and wastewater systems for the District users. 

“We’re pleased to have awarded PVWSD with the 2018 Asset Management Achievement Award” said NEWEA Executive Director Mary Barry. “Professionals in the water industry work tirelessly, often without recognition, to protect, preserve, and manage New England’s water environment and access to clean water. Additionally, as a volunteer association, so much of what NEWEA does relies on the involvement of our members and volunteers. This award gives us the opportunity to recognize all that PVWSD has contributed to NEWEA and the New England water industry.” 

Photo Caption: Janine Burke-Wells, 2018 NEWEA President, presenting Superintendent Jason Randall with the 2018 Asset Management Achievement Award. 
-Boston, MA-January 30, 2019- NEWEA Annual Conference at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. © 2019 Photo by Cindy M. Loo

PVWSD 2019 Warrant

To the inhabitants of the Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District in the County of Grafton, in the State of NH qualified to vote in Village District affairs:

You are notified to meet at the Plymouth Elementary School on Tuesday, the 12th day of March, next, polls to be open for voting on Article 1 at 8:00 o’clock in the forenoon and to close not earlier than 7:00 o’clock in the evening, and you are hereby notified to meet at the Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District office at 227 Old North Main St. on Thursday, the 14th day of March, next, at 6:oo o’clock in the evening to act upon the remaining articles of this warrant.

District Operators attend “Drinking Water Festival 5/9/18”

picture of the District Operators taken at the 26th Annual Drinking Water Festival held on May 9th, 2018 at the WWTP.  Also attached is the Plymouth Record Enterprise article and thank you letters from some of the 4th graders that attended the festival.

Read the Plymouth Record Enterprise Article here –>Plymouth Record Enterprise Article – 26th Annual NH Drinking Water Festival & 4th Grade Science Fair (1)

And below is 2 of the letters received from some of the 4th graders that attended the festival:

PVWSD Statement Regarding MOA with Eversource


October 6, 2017
Contact: Merelise O’Connor, District Administrator 536-1733

PVWSD Statement Regarding MOA with Eversource

Plymouth, NH – Plymouth Village Water and Sewer District (PVWSD) wishes to clarify the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Eversource. PVWSD has entered into an MOA with Eversource to protect its rate payers from costs associated with the Northern Pass Transmission (NPT) line planning and engineering, as well as potential costs for future infrastructure maintenance and improvements.

PVWSD Commissioners have not taken any position with respect to NPT. The Commission’s purpose is specifically to deliver water and collect and treat wastewater for District users. The District is a municipal utility with a mission distinct from the broader Town government. Commissioners do respect the purview of the Town government to take a position against the proposed transmission line, but remain neutral on the issue, as a Board.

The PVWSD has plans to replace water and sewer lines from Foster St. along Main St. and South Main St. all the way to Warren St. This project has been in the planning and design stages since 2014. There is no current timeline on the proposed project because the NPT line, if approved, will also travel along the same route with the potential for underground conflicts.

The District Commissioners are concerned about the necessary business disruption that will be created to replace the 90 year-old water and sewer lines on Main St. and have deferred any work until the outcome of the NPT project is known. This is to avoid having Main St. under construction twice. The Commission is committed to minimizing the disruption to Main St. businesses while recognizing that District users will benefit from the local improvement project.

The Commissioners have openly discussed this plan with Town officials, the Plymouth Selectboard and Planning Board in public several times since 2015.

Besides the high risk of this aging infrastructure breaking unexpectedly and costing more money to repair in an emergency situation, fire suppression is also a critical issue due to undersized lines. The proposed project will address these risks.

It became apparent over the last year that the District would incur substantial engineering costs to review the NPT plans, provide information on the District’s underground structures and provide access to manholes for NPT surveys. The Commissioners believe that it is in the best interest of the District constituents to be well prepared, to safeguard the space the District requires underground for its own project and to be sure that District users are not shouldering the added engineering expenses due to NPT. So with all of that in mind, the District approached Eversource to ask if these expenses could be reimbursed and Eversource agreed. The resulting agreement for reimbursement of expenses is the substance of the Memo of Agreement between the parties.